Introduction to The Communist Movement at a Crossroads

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 2112 ... June 4, 2020

Introduction to The Communist Movement at a Crossroads

Under the general editorship of John Riddell, the record of the Communist International (Comintern) under Lenin has been retrieved from history and made alive again for our time. The aim of this series of texts, starting in 1983, has been to present the record, documents and debates of the Comintern, in its own words. The series chronicles the development of this dynamic revolutionary undertaking and showing it as a vibrant and living movement embracing millions around the world.

Posted here is the introduction to The Communist Movement at a Crossroads: Plenums of the Communist International’s Executive Committee, 1922-1923. Edited by Mike Taber and translated by John Riddell, the book is published by the Historical Materialism Book Series, and is available from Haymarket Books. This latest volume is noteworthy in showing the Comintern taking up several questions of contemporary relevancy, among them the united front and fascism. For this reason, the book will be of special interest both to those studying the history of the world Communist movement... and also to activists seeking to examine key strategic questions that remain on the agenda today.

Mike Taber’s Introduction provides a summary not only of the book but of the issues raised within it and the Comintern’s evolution in the period under study.

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